Facing allergies in the early years of our lives is not uncommon. But is would seem that a new study on children with allergies says otherwise. According to this new paper allergies in children increase the likelihood of heart issues.
More specifically, through this study, the doctors have been able to successfully determine a direct link between common allergies and the incidence of cardiovascular diseases in later life. According to the numbers in the said study, children with allergies have double the chances to develop hypertension and hyperlipidemia later in their life. Moreover, it would seem that being slim or overweight are of little consequence in this case.
The new study was published on the 8th of December in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Doctor Jonathan Silverberg, a professor of dermatology, hailing from the Feinberg School of Medicine was a co-author of the study. In order to come up with his predictions, the professor and his team of researchers cross-referenced the results of a survey conducted back in 2012. This survey took into account a large number of households, including 13275 children. All the children had ages ranging between a few month to 17 years.
The results of the survey stated that approximately 14 percent of those children were diagnosed with asthma, more than 12 percent of them were suffering from eczema and 16 percent of them were displaying symptoms consistent with hay fever.
Based on these findings, Silverberg and his team of researchers have discovered that the children who were suffering from asthma and hay fever had 50 percent more chances of becoming obese in the later stages of development. Moreover, these children, apart from being prone to obesity, also had a 50 percent chance of developing hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
More troubling is that although the doctors have accounted for all possible factors, including obesity, fact remains that all children suffering from hay fever and asthma have increased chances of developing hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
On the other hand, it would seem that in the case of those kids diagnosed with eczema the situation changes a bit. According to their own observation, those children diagnosed with the skin issue, do no show increased chances of developing obesity. Moreover, it would seem that in their case, there are no signs that would suggest the development of subsequent hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
Based on their findings, the scientists reached the conclusions that now every child who suffers from a form of allergy is prone to develop cardiovascular disease.